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A Million Ways To Lose in the (AFC) West

Posted on December 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Each week, we have less and less faith in the Los Angeles Chargers, and that usually has something to do with veteran QB Philip Rivers’ insane ability to throw an interception late in the game. There’s something so likeable about Philip Rivers. He’s goofy, provides excellent meme content, and with his brood of 125 children, we can’t help but root for him. Okay, so maybe it isn’t 125 children, but he’s still got a LOT of mouths to feed. But this week we didn’t watch a heartbreaking loss for the Chargers because of him. This week, the team found a new way to lose to the Denver Broncos.

After tying up the game with only 14 seconds left, fans felt good about heading into overtime. Spoiler alert: they shouldn’t have. When rookie QB Drew Lock got the ball back, he threw a deep pass that was so clearly going to be incomplete. Good news for Chargers fans, right? Except Casey Hayward got called for defensive pass interference, which moved the Broncos into better field position and allowed Brandon McManus to boot in a 53-yard FG for the win.

Naturally, Chargers fans were pretty upset, and we can’t blame them one bit. We REALLY hate to see games won on a late kick, but you already knew that. So how do you get over such a rough loss? Well, the short answer is you probably don’t – at least not in the Fan Controlled Football League. In the NFL, we imagine it’s easy because the fans had no say in the game. But here in the FCFL, the fans control just about everything. If their team loses, it’s because of the play calls they made. We know our fans will take losses personally, but we think that will only drive them to be more diligent with their play-calling. We think the fans will take the time to go back and watch film from the game to figure out what did – and more importantly – did not work, so that they can pull out a win the next week!

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